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Music and Gardening: Green City Night, Oct. 3

We need help shovelers and planters to plant an apple tree, herbs,
blueberries, and water-cleaning plants
We have 4 shovels, bring some if you can.
Even 15 minutes of shoveling will be helpful!
Contact Carol or Mark for more info: or

Green City Night flyer–please post!

(Chuck Smiler suggests we will make pesto from this summer’s city harvest of pesto!)


Gardening & Music to honor the waters

5 to 9 pm • Friday, October 3
Wings Court, Downtown New Bedford
Enter on Purchase Street or Union Street • FREE

Help dig and plant the Wings Court EcoGarden, a landscape
that cleans water

Celebrate music to protect the water
with a preview of the Taunton River Folk Festival,
honoring the source of New Bedford’s water

5-5:45: Ragtime Jack Radcliffe
5:45-6:30: Tesseract, folk harmonies
6:30-7:15: Louis Leeman, singer-songwriter
7:15-8: The Jethros:, bluegrass
8-8:45: U.S. Sam, blues and rock
Also: Providence Phoenix Female vocalist of the year 2007 Maria
Ventura, Lonesome Steve Ventura, and Don Barry

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast,
Taunton River Folk Festival, and NB Green/Verde. or 508-999-0691,,

Sustainable food discussion groups and workshops

Menu for the Future – a 6 week discussion circle with readings collected and assembled by the Northwest Earth Institute exploring the connection between food and sustainability.

Introductory meeting Tuesday Sept 9th at 6:30 PM – Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.
We’ll then meet for 6 Tuesdays from Sept. 23rd through Oct 28th.

Register on or before Sept. 23rd. $25 fee for reading materials (scholarships available)

More info on readings – NWEI Course Offerings – Menu for the Future

Any Questions, Please Contact Derek at 508-992-1868 or (see our blog for other happenings:

Know Your Vegetables
A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production.

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetables… young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.

Monday Sept 15 – Soil Testing and Fall Cover Crops
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Weekend Permaculture Workshop, Sept. 20-21

Dick Pierce, SE Mass. native and permaculture instructor, will lead a 2-day introductory course offering practical training and skills in sustainable living. We will cover design principles, techniques, and mind-sets that can easily be applied to your home, workplace, and community to help you live well and joyously, in the city, suburbs, or country, but with less energy, less resource consumption, and a smaller/kinder ecological footprint.
Who: Basics for those starting out and new material for experienced hands – homeowners, renters, apartment dwellers; gardeners, organic consumers; land developers, city planners, architects, teachers, etc.. FA is on Tucker Rd., an easy drive from SE-MA, Cape Cod, Boston, RI – via Rt. I-195 or Rt. 6.

Cost: for two-day Course = $120. – $20 goes to Scholarships – for Teachers, Students, Community Coordinators, Seniors, Low Income. Please ask about giving/receiving scholarships.

Fossil-Fuel Independence Day!!! July 4

download poster (We’ll leave poster board in Bristol Hall starting Monday. Folks can take pieces to make their energy-vision posters. We’ll also try to provide a sample poster. Or, make a poster on July 4! We’ll put them up on a clothesline to be viewed.)

In the city where the U.S. began its trajectory to petroleum fuel dependence…

Independence Day
July 4
Envision local, clean, peaceful renewable energy!
4to 9 pm • Friday, July 4 • Free
Wings Court in Downtown New Bedford
(Enter the courtyard on Purchase or Union streets)

– Live music
– Large eco-sculptures
– Poetry and ceremony to bless the earth
– Make, post and view posters of local visions for a clean renewable energy future
– Help dig and install a raingarden (and other tasks)
– Information and conversations about biofuels, solar-heated water, weatherization, rainbarrels, low-cost heat, wind energy, bicycling, public transit and more!
– Petition for a city Energy Committee
– Information tables at Summerfest, July 5

4 pm: Bobby Lee
5-7 pm: Sing Out singalong (a First Fridays event) in Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase St.
7 pm: Mark Moniz
8 pm: U.S. SAM

6 pm: Earth-honoring ceremony to bless the earth and our city
6:30 pm: Making and posting energy posters. Digging the Wings Court rain-
garden to treat stormwater (shovels invited). Signing the energy petition.

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast, NB Green/Verde,
A.C.C.E.S.S. Art and City Repair Project

Rain location: Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase Street

Volunteers, posters, garden workers and artists needed!

Contact: or 508-999-0691

Garden Night @ Wings Court, Downtown New Bedford!

volunteers needed! attendees needed too!


Take home a garden!

6:30 to 9 pm • Friday, June 6
Wings Court in Downtown New Bedford
Enter on Purchase Street or Union Street
Free • All welcome

Growing food helps reduce your grocery bill, lower your gas costs,
and eat better. Join us.

• get FREE garden compost (bring buckets!)
• plant seedlings, buy and trade plants, get free seedlings!
• watch a fun film about an eclectic farmer
• make a raised-bed garden
• help plan the Wings Court eco-garden
• bring a picnic! enjoy live music
• free bicycle cab rides by NB Pedicab


5 pm
Sing Out singalong (a First Fridays event) in Bristol Hall,
752 Purchase Street, next to The Green Bean cafe

6:30 pm
Garden Night in Wings Court (behind Bristol Hall)

8 pm
Film: The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast and NB

Compost supplied free by the City of NB. Materials funded by the
United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mini-Grants Program
Questions: or 508-999-0691

Peak Oil expert Richard Heinberg speaks on South Coast

“Peak oil” expert and author Richard Heinberg will be appearing locally.

April 22, Tuesday, 12:00 noon, Richard Heinberg will speak at
Bristol Community College, H Building, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River. His
lecture title is, “Cheap Oil – Going, Going, GONE!”

April 22, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Richard Heinberg will lead a discussion on
peak oil at UMass Dartmouth in the Library Browsing Area.

Sustainable SoCo meeting, Wed., April 9

Sustainable SouthCoast
Organizational and general networking meeting
Discuss programs, check in, envision activities for the year
Wednesday, April 9, at Bristol Building, corner of 752 Purchase St.
(Purchase and Union Streets), New Bedford.
Steering Committee meets 6:30, general meeting at 7:00, end at 8:30.
We will continue to discuss programs, including joint programming for
Sustainable SouthCoast and the New Bedford environmental collaborative.

Environment Coffee
Check-in of environmental interests
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 AM, Room 314, City Hall
Share resources, news, etc. Discuss and sign up for the New Bedford
environmental collaborative.

Tuesday, April 8 6:30 – 8 PM: Free film showing: King Corn
An amusing exploration of the culture of America’s largest crop
Web site:
New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740